Montgomery County Commissioner James Noack Provides Road Project Updates

By: Commissioner James Noack
| Published 11/16/2020

Grogan’s Mill Road and South Millbend Drive Intersection Project progressing.
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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TX - Commissioner James Noack provided the following updates on road projects around the county.

ROAD PROJECT UPDATES

Grogan’s Mill Road and South Millbend Drive Intersection Project progressing

Project update: Contractor Teamworks has completed the additional left-turn lane from northbound Grogan’s Mill Drive onto South Millbend as well as the additional left-turn-lane storage from westbound South Millbend onto southbound Grogan’s Mill Drive. In addition, the right-turn-lane improvements on northbound Grogan’s Mill and westbound South Millbend have been completed. The contractor previously completed in the concrete work in the middle of the intersection. The foundations for the new signal poles also have been poured. The signal contractor also is busy placing fiber for the new traffic signals.

In the coming weeks, the additional left-turn lanes on southbound Grogan’s Mill and eastbound South Millbend will be completed, with final right-turn-lane improvements at those two locations to follow. New signal poles and the pedestrian poles will start to be installed by the end of the month.

The project started at the end of September and is a 90-calendar day project

Project Scope: This project will create additional turn-lane storage by constructing a double turn lanes for traffic on:

1. Northbound Grogan’s Mill turning onto westbound South Millbend
2. Southbound Grogan’s Mill turning onto eastbound South Millbend
3. Eastbound South Millbend turning onto northbound Grogan’s Mill

In addition, right-turn-lane improvements will be made throughout the intersection.
Signal locations have been redesigned for this project, which will include concrete median removal as well as additional pavement. The project will require rerouting some intersection traffic during the project.

Rayford Road-Birnham Woods Drive Improvements east of Grand Parkway getting underway

Project Update: The Rayford Road-Birnham Woods Drive road widening, intersection improvement and signalization project started last month. D&W Contractors has started excavating at the west end of the project heading east toward Birnham Woods Drive, clearing a path for the two new lanes of traffic. Storm sewer, stabilizer and concrete work will commence in the coming weeks starting on the west side of the project.

Scope of project: The project will widen Rayford Road to four lanes from approximately 40 feet east of Waterbend Cove to approximately 400 feet east of Birnham Woods Drive. A new concrete roadway will be constructed on the south side of the existing Rayford Road lanes to create the two new eastbound lanes. The existing road will be for the two westbound lanes along that stretch.

The construction includes an additional bridge for eastbound Rayford Road traffic just east of Spring Trails Park Drive.

The project also involves constructing a traffic signal at the Rayford Road-Birnham Woods intersection and widening Birnham Woods Drive to four lanes from approximately 600 feet north of Rayford Road to approximately 600 feet south of Rayford Road. All four Rayford Road-Birnham Woods Drive intersection approaches will have a dedicated left-turn lane.

Contract length: 360 calendar days

INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS

Signalization of the Cochran’s Crossing Drive at Bay Branch Drive intersection

Project Update: Project has been completed.

Project Scope: This signalized intersection design is similar to Branch Crossing at Terramont. It includes a right-turn lane from southbound Cochran’s Crossing onto Bay Branch, as well as a left-turn lane from northbound Cochran’s Crossing onto Bay Branch.

Signalization of the New Trails Drive at Technology Forest Boulevard intersection

Project Update: The traffic signal has been placed in flash (blinking red) and will be fully operational this coming week. All pavement work and striping has been completed, including the new crosswalk and ramps on the south side of the intersection. Sod was placed and hydro seed will follow.

Project Scope: In addition to the traffic signal, eastbound and westbound Technology Forest was widened to allow for a right-turn-only lane and a straight or left-turn lane in both directions. There also is a crosswalk now on the south side of the intersection, crossing New Trails Drive and connecting the pedestrian pathways.

Rayford Road guard fence replacement

The section of the metal beam guard fence along the Rayford Road curve by Legends Run and Fox Run that was damaged in a vehicle crash will be replaced and align with the new metal beam guard fence installed during the Rayford Road widening project along the road.

The replacement MBGF, which has been ordered, will extend all the way to Legends Reach.

Per the traffic report and witnesses, the vehicle was traveling westbound on Rayford Road at a high rate of speed, clipped another vehicle and exited Rayford Road by Legends Reach prior to entering the curve. The vehicle knocked over a speed limit sign/pole, two flashing directional arrow signs/poles, damaged the guardrail in a few locations before slamming into the metal beam guard fence, bouncing off the rail and coming to a stop in the grass between Rayford Road and the existing guard rail.

Replacement should start by early December.

Flintridge Drive Sewer Line work

The Woodlands Water Agency is currently replacing approximately 200 feet of sewer line that runs parallel to the eastbound lane of Flintridge Drive between the George Mitchell Preserve access and Rush Haven Drive.

Traffic lanes have been shifted to allow more work room on along the shoulder but still enable two-way traffic through the work zone. This is not a Precinct 3 project.

Precinct 3 crews hard at work!
Between October 15 and November 12, Precinct 3 crews have received and completed 452 work orders. These are your tax dollars hard at work.

Not only can you now use the P3 Works mobile application to submit a work order, but we have created an online desktop version as well that you can access straight from your desktop PC. Click the link below to submit a work order today!

STRIPING IMPROVEMENTS
Precinct 3 continues to restripe roads.

Recent restriping projects:

• Shadowbend (From West Panther Creek to Research Forest Drive)
• Falconwing Drive (From Woodlands Parkway to Lake Woodlands Drive)
• Research Forest Drive (Grogan’s Mill Road to Kuykendahl Road) -- Ongoing

CRACK SEAL PROJECTS

• Research Forest Drive (Grogan’s Mill Road to Kuykendahl Road) – Nearing Completion

More striping, crack seal and asphalt road repair/overlay projects across the precinct will continue.

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